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Compromise formula to bring truce in faction-ridden Yadav clan

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Lucknow, Sep 16 (PTI) In a bid to end the raging feud inthe family, Mulayam Singh Yadav was today working on acompromise formula even as both his brother Shivpal Yadav andson Akhilesh Yadav said they would comply with whateverSamajwadi Party supremo says. SP insiders said that as part of the compromise formula,disgruntled Shivpal is likely to get back the three keyministries that his nephew Chief Minister Akhilesh took awayfrom him earlier this week, which had brought the war out inthe open. Besides, sacked Mines minister Gayatri Prajapati could beaccommodated in the ministry, but with a different portfolio. Setting in motion the reconciliation process, MulayamSingh as well as Akhilesh rejected Shivpal’s resignation fromthe Cabinet as well as the head of state party unit, to whichhe was appointed two days ago replacing Akhilesh. "Netaji (Mulayam) has heard all of us. He will talk to tosome others if he wants and will take decision by tomorrow,"Shivpal said, indicating a truce was on the anvil. Akhilesh said at a function that he has rejected theresignation of Shivpal and he will comply with whatever hisfather directs. "Netaji (Mulayam) will find a solution (to the currentcrisis) and everyone will accept it," he said. Shivpal, who resigned last night as a minister and asstate party unit head, today said he continues as UP partychief and is preparing for electoral challenge ahead but wasevasive whether he will go back to the government. "That (resignation from party post) has not beenaccepted. When I have said that for me, Netaji’s hint is anorder…Akhilesh has also said so. So where is the feudanymore," he said. At the same time, he indicated that he may not return tothe government. "Look, I have resigned only recently. I havegot a bigger responsibility. Elections are near and I have towork for the polls. Who is bothered about portfolios? I hadonly one portfolio, so I said why only one. I will work forthe party." Earlier this morning, Mulayam also broke his silence overthe five-day no holds barred family war, saying, "There can beno division in the party, till I am there." The party supremo, who rushed here last evening fromDelhi to douse the raging flames of feud, said, "We have a bigfamily, differences may occur…There is no fight betweenShivpal Yadav and Akhilesh." He has met Shivpal and Akhilesh separately and thentogether to ensure that the crisis was resolved. Mulayam said his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadavwill not defy his words and announced that sacked miningminister Gayatri Prajapati will be taken back in the UPCabinet, considered a bone of contention between Shivpal andAkhilesh. Akhilesh, on his part, told a news channel, "I have twoduties, as Chief Minister and as son. I will honour the wordof the party president and I will do everything to make myfather happy," (MORE) PTI ABN SMI AKK VSCAKK

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